Meeting Halfway

by Remy Porter in The Daily WTF: Live on 2015-05-28

On April 10th, I hosted The Daily WTF: Live! in Pittsburgh. It was a blast. We had a great crowd, and some great performances.

John Lange attended the storytelling workshop I co-taught with Kevin Allison, of The Story Studio. His story- about gaming, and friendship, and technology- really struck a chord with me, and I wanted to make sure he got a chance to share it.

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Reversing the String, Belaboring the Point

by Jane Bailey in CodeSOD on 2015-05-27

Laser module

The position had sat open for months now; the department was straining under the load of too many projects and too few developers, but the pool of candidates was rapidly shrinking. So when Cindy found a resume that looked halfway decent, she immediately recommended tossing them a programming test and scheduling an interview.

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A Winning Strategy

by Remy Porter in CodeSOD on 2015-05-25

“Hey,” Roberto said while pairing with an offshore programmer, “this problem would be easier to solve with the Factory pattern.”

“What’s that?”

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Tell QA They Missed One

by Mark Bowytz in Error'd on 2015-05-22

"You know, I've always wanted some sideways text that says 'not for sale'," writes Julie, "Too bad I'll never know."

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Sea of SQL

by Ellis Morning in CodeSOD on 2015-05-21

Andy writes: “Operations reported that a query was taking a long time.  Even the 'developers' of this query didn't know why it was taking a long time.”

I tell ya, folks… some submissions, you just set down and back away slowly… then hunt up a magnifying glass and a bottle of aspirin.

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Recruiting Desperation

by Remy Porter in CodeSOD on 2015-05-19

When hiring programmers, recruiters will often try to be “clever”. Sometimes, this results in a memorable trick, like EA Canada’s job posting billboard.

EA Canada billboard which reads: char msg = {78,111,119,32,72,105,114,105,110,103,0};

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